Activision Blizzard eyes Call of Duty to end sales slump

    Activision Blizzard reported lower sales for the fourth straight quarter, but said the success of its latest "Call of Duty" installment broke records.
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    | Updated on: Nov 08 2022, 20:09 IST
    Call of Duty: Mobile Season 4 is here and here's a quick look
    The new season of Call of Duty: Mobile is coming on both iOS and Android and takes you to the Wild West.
    1/8 The new season of Call of Duty: Mobile is coming on both iOS and Android and takes you to the Wild West. (Activision/Call of Duty: Mobile )
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    2/8 Call of Duty: Mobile Season 4: Spurned and Burned should please those sharpshooters. (Activision/Call of Duty: Mobile )
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    3/8 Players can test their quick-draw skills in a new updated version of the 1v1 Duel Mode. There is also the multiplayer mode, a chance to Capture the Gold, battle in the Dome and, a whole new map from Modern Warfare 3. (Activision/Call of Duty: Mobile )
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    4/8 Capture the Gold is a part of the new multiplayer modes which puts a Wild West spin on the popular Capture the Flag game. (Activision/Call of Duty: Mobile )
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    5/8 The limited-time multiplayer mode was launched on May 20, and is still on, which gives players the power to become Rambo or John McClane (Guns Blazing).  (Activision/Call of Duty: Mobile )
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    6/8 The Call of Duty: Mobile team has also launched an exhaustive weapon balance pass that is based on feedback from the community. (Activision/Call of Duty: Mobile )
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    7/8 The one thing to look forward to are the new functional weapons, like the versatile Holger 26 or the MK2 marksman rifle (Activision/Call of Duty: Mobile )
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    8/8 Many different weapons across all categories, including NA-45, QXR, HBRa3, and Man-O-War, have been adjusted for the benefit of all players. (Activision/Call of Duty: Mobile )
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    Activision Blizzard breaks records for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 despite suffering losses in fourth quarter. (Call of Duty website)

    US video game giant Activision Blizzard, which Microsoft is in the process of buying, on Monday reported lower sales for the fourth straight quarter, but said the success of its latest "Call of Duty" installment broke records.

    The group saw its revenue decline in the third quarter by 14 percent to $1.78 billion, with console and PC games seeing big drops.

    The bright spot was mobile games with apps like "Candy Crush" and this year's "Diablo Immortal" performing well.

    Too late to be included in the latest results, the company said "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II" hit $1 billion in sales in just 10 days, the fastest release in franchise history.

    This was making up for the lukewarm success of the 2021 installment, "Call of Duty: Vanguard."

    The success of "Call of Duty," which has been an industry blockbuster since 2003, is a central concern of competition authorities in the EU and Britain, who fear Microsoft will make the franchise an exclusive offer on its Xbox console.

    Microsoft has dismissed the suggestion, saying it would make no business sense to deny Sony's PlayStation.

    US technology giant Microsoft in January announced its $69 billion bid to create the world's third biggest gaming company by revenue, behind China's Tencent and Japan's Sony.

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